BEI Certification & Testing

The purpose of the IL BEI interpreter testing and certification process is to provide certification options to Illinois interpreters.  The certification tests are both proficiency-based and criterion-referenced evaluations.

IL BEI MANUAL: The manual helps you to become familiar with the general format, content, and evaluation criteria used in the examinations, as well as, explain IDHHC's policies and procedures for the testing process.


Please be aware, payments are processed upon receipt; however, it may take up to 30 days to process an application.  IDHHC will then send an email with current testing dates.   Due to the number of BEI applications being received, testing dates are often 3-4 months out.


Required Fee
(Section 1515.170)

Important Information

IL BEI Test of English Proficiency (TEP) $80 TEP Frequently Asked Questions
IL BEI Performance Test $250 Basic
$275 Advanced
$300 Master

Passing the Test of English Proficiency is a requirement before applying for a performance test.

BEI Validity and Reliability - Summary | Detailed

IL BEI Replacement Card $15 Includes lost/stolen cards or name changes.
IL BEI Out of State Conversion $22 Upon conversion, the BEI certificate holder is required to comply annually with the IL BEI Certificate Maintenance procedures. Compliance with IL BEI Certificate Maintenance does not maintain your BEI certificate in the issuing state.
Deaf Interpreter Knowledge Based Test $80

In order to take the Deaf Interpreter Knowledge Based Test, an applicant must have completed 8 contact hours of Ethics (RID Code of Professional Conduct) and 8 contact hours on the role and responsibilities of Certified Deaf Interpreters within 3 years prior to the date of application.

Deaf Interpreter Knowledge Based Test (DIKBT) Instructions

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E-Pay is electronic payment site offered as a convenience and can be used with Visa, MasterCard or Discover. It is not an online application process. All fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and you must submit your completed application and required documentation to the IDHHC office via U.S. mail.